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Linebackers Jon Beason, Daryl Smith on Broncos’ radar

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At this point, it might be simpler to name the defensive free agents the Broncos are not trying to sign.

Denver, which has already acquired big-name help for its secondary in the form of Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward, and which is hosting pass rusher DeMarcus Ware today, is also hoping to add some help at middle linebacker.

Jon Beason and Daryl Smith are the two names the Broncos are considering in the middle, according to the Denver Post.

Beason shook off injuries that limited him to five games over two years in 2011 and 2012, earning a starting job with the Panthers and then starting 11 games for the Giants after he was traded early in the season. Although his experience and injury history might make it feel like he’s an old veteran at the end of his career, he’s only 29 and looked last season like he still has some good football left in him.

Smith was a second-round draft pick of the Jaguars in 2004 and played there until last year, when he signed a one-year contract with the Ravens. He started all 16 games and had three interceptions and five sacks.

Either Beason or Smith could provide an upgrade to the Broncos’ defense. Which has already been upgraded twice in the first 17 hours of free agency.

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55 Responses to “Linebackers Jon Beason, Daryl Smith on Broncos’ radar”
  1. elwaysagenius says: Mar 12, 2014 9:02 AM

    Would prefer for the greatest GM on the planet to land Smith, Beason has always been pretty overrated. (Like that other Panthers MLB)

  2. patriotsarespygaters says: Mar 12, 2014 9:04 AM

    the broncos must be printing money while the patriots are cheap

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 12, 2014 9:06 AM

    Some teams struggle with figuring out which positions to improve, but Denver seems to be going with the strategy of get everything. Well it is an effective way to cross off needs on the list.

  4. wishingtonredslur says: Mar 12, 2014 9:08 AM

    No Jon Beason the Giants neeeed you! Why, why must we always have the weakest mlb. Herzlich is never going to be good and I can’t remember the other guys name.

  5. Six Rings says: Mar 12, 2014 9:08 AM

    LOL, wow. Desperation is off the charts.

  6. tcostant says: Mar 12, 2014 9:08 AM

    I hear Jon Beason agent is really hard to deal with .

  7. deathonwings410 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:14 AM

    The Broncos are gonna be in spending a ton on these contracts 2-3 years from now when Manning is retired and I doubt they’re gonna have a Super Bowl victory to show for it! LOL!!!!

  8. Denver Geldings - Super Bowl Castration... AGAIN!!!! says: Mar 12, 2014 9:15 AM

    Can someone explain how the hell Denver and a few other teams have so much money??? Is the salary cap a myth? I dont understand how a team that has $15 million in cap space, can afford to sign this many players to big money deals. I can appreciate Elways desperation to get Manning another ring before his neck falls off his body, but I dont get it. They have to be using funny money to make this happen.

    Is Talibs contract structured in a way that he gets a big bonus, and then has a salary of $1million a year for 3 years, then gets paid $18million a year for the last 3 years (with the Broncos knowing they will cut him before then). I just cant wrap my head around how all of this salary cap BS is possible

  9. bucrightoff says: Mar 12, 2014 9:15 AM

    How exactly do they have all this cap space?

  10. puhleezho says: Mar 12, 2014 9:15 AM

    the window is maybe two years for manning. broncos trying to win the super bowl, free agents trying to win a supper bowl.

  11. quirtevans says: Mar 12, 2014 9:16 AM

    “I hear Jon Beason agent is really hard to deal with”

    I wonder where you hear that. Beason doesn’t have an agent, he’s representing himself.

  12. thornholt says: Mar 12, 2014 9:16 AM

    NYG need to keep Beason, he was a huge life on and off the field for the GMen. Letting him go and paying that Seattle LB MILLIONS for 7 tackles is making me thing Reese has lost his dang mind.

  13. wfederal says: Mar 12, 2014 9:18 AM

    elwaysagenius says: Mar 12, 2014 9:02 AM

    Would prefer for the greatest GM on the planet to land Smith, Beason has always been pretty overrated. (Like that other Panthers MLB)
    _____________________________________

    Really dude? Don’t act like you know what you are talking about when referring to Kuechley when you clearly never watched them play. He’s a beast. Didn’t get DPOY for nothing!

  14. humbleminded85 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:18 AM

    I like how people are touting Elway as a great GM when it’s clear he’s taking the Jets approach from a few years back with the mindset that it’s now or never with Peyton. Drafting good players and retaining your picks is what wins championships folks. Congrats Denver on winning the off season though, your off season championship parade should be a blast. Hopefully it is as good as the 2011 dream teams parade.

  15. string888 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:19 AM

    How are they keeping this under the salary cap when they are already paying Manning? Some one from N.Y. may want to inspect the Broncos books. Wouldn’t be the first time they cheated the salary cap to win a super bowl.

  16. jbeagles23 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:23 AM

    We’ve seen teams do this in free agency before and it never works out

  17. keltictim says: Mar 12, 2014 9:23 AM

    When teams super load with free agents the results are usually much lower than anticipated. The eagles “dream team” fizzled faster than a sparkler, and the greatest example the 07 patriots who came up one play short of perfection. Adding that many egos is going to be a tricky thing to handle, not sure ole foxy is gonna be able to keep the ship upright thru the whole season.

  18. chrisk61 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:25 AM

    denver dream team II ?

    i forget..how did dream team I end up ?

    personally, i think there will be way too many new faces on defense. good luck playing as a cohesive unit.

  19. remok9 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:27 AM

    I remember when the Eagles played the Pokemon game with highly regarded free agents one year….yeah that worked out well….

  20. patriotinvasion says: Mar 12, 2014 9:37 AM

    I normally don’t overreact during free agency because 9 times out of 10 the big spenders fail…but, if this is an arms race between Denver and New England in the race to get aging QB’s another ring, this is a massacre thus far. #24 could change that, but not holding my breath.

  21. ravensterps says: Mar 12, 2014 9:38 AM

    Don’t do it Daryl!

  22. dirtydrynn27 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:39 AM

    New Redskins……

  23. ranger764 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:39 AM

    Denver cut Champ Bailey who was going to make about $10M this year. There’s your Talib signing right there.

  24. arwiv says: Mar 12, 2014 9:43 AM

    Im not saying I don’t want Beason back with the Giants….but I think that we’ve had such pathetic MLB play for so long now that some of us saw Beason as the second coming of Mike Singletary when in fact he was just a solid MLB. I like him but with his injury history I don’t want to overpay for him.

  25. SmashMouthFootball says: Mar 12, 2014 9:49 AM

    Ok this was the very last sentence of the article in the Denver Post about the Ward signing. As a Ravens fan I can relax a little I hope.

    Rats, I clicked through and read the Denver Post article. That was the point wasn’t it.

  26. jaxbeachjagfan says: Mar 12, 2014 9:50 AM

    Watch for the Del Rio connection to pay off and easily land Smith. Smith was very underrated in Del Rio’s Top 5 Defenses for a couple of seasons in Jax.

  27. johninthewest says: Mar 12, 2014 9:52 AM

    Denver has 26 mil of cap, top 1/3 of NFL.

  28. lilrob10201 says: Mar 12, 2014 9:57 AM

    Imma laugh when they can’t resign Von Miller.

  29. 7pints says: Mar 12, 2014 9:58 AM

    Hey jealousy. Love the bitterness towards the Broncos. Sorry your squad isn’t doing anything.

  30. elwaysagenius says: Mar 12, 2014 10:06 AM

    wfederal says: Mar 12, 2014 9:18 AM

    Really dude? Don’t act like you know what you are talking about when referring to Kuechley when you clearly never watched them play. He’s a beast. Didn’t get DPOY for nothing!

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    Won DPOY because he’s a white LB with a top 10 pedigree. He’s good, but he might not even the best LB on his team.

  31. jeff072376 says: Mar 12, 2014 10:07 AM

    Lol…Denver is cheating with the cap..Stop crying cause your teams are making no effort in getting players to improve your teams. Maybe ur GMs are just not smart enough to figure out how to spend and keep ur teams under the cap. Say what u want that it never works and they will choke but at least our team us making the moves to improve and not sitting back and hoping their existing players do well. It’s clear ur all jealous and it’s understandable

  32. deathonwings410 says: Mar 12, 2014 10:09 AM

    7pints says:
    Mar 12, 2014 9:58 AM
    Hey jealousy. Love the bitterness towards the Broncos. Sorry your squad isn’t doing anything.

    __________________________________

    Championship teams are built through the draft not free agency. Have fun “winning” free agency.

  33. johnodocks says: Mar 12, 2014 10:17 AM

    Elway lures players to Denver with Colorado’s pot laws.

  34. thebirdsareback says: Mar 12, 2014 10:31 AM

    The fact is Darryl Smith actually wants to win a superbowl, So he’s going to Denver to spin his wheels to inevitably return to Baltimore. So he can WIN A SUPERBOWL! Denver can do whatever they want to that team. As long as PEY PEY is the qb, that team will not win a superbowl.

  35. duxca says: Mar 12, 2014 10:38 AM

    why are people freaking out trying to figure out the math on this? the broncos cut an older 1o million dollar player so they could sign a younger one at the same position for around the same money. really not that confusing. cutting champ was sad but this is why they did it.

  36. baltimoresnativeson says: Mar 12, 2014 10:39 AM

    For all those wondering how Denver has so much money……

    Denver is back loading all their contracts like crazy.

    These guys are hired guns. They will be cut after a couple years and Denver will have to eat any guaranteed money.

    But if they win the big one it will all be worth it.

  37. forevercorr says: Mar 12, 2014 10:49 AM

    Y’all need to stop being jealous. Much of the team (Thomas, Thomas, Ball, Clady, Franklin, Harris, Wolfe, Williams, etc.) has been built from within and over time. Elway and CO have made hard choices to get here (like cutting Bailey), and he knows from experience that when you’re just shy of winning a Superbowl in terms of talent, then you spend the money to get that talent. What’s he saving for? It’s like when the team went out to get Neil Smith and Keith Traylor when he was the QB. You make the moves.

  38. belicheckisgod says: Mar 12, 2014 10:51 AM

    You can call the Pats cheap all you want but the Broncos just way over paid Talib. First off New England could not match that contract without cutting key players like Wilfork. Secondly, Talib just got a huge amount of money for a player that has a checkered past and health issues. Not saying he’s not a great player, would have loved to keep him, but not at that price. He played well in NewEngland when in contract years and held under control by Belicheck. For that kind of money I’d rather have Revis. Revis doesn’t get burned deep. Put on the browns game and watch Talib get schooled the entire game by Gordon. No doubt the Broncos are better today than 2 days ago, but they lost the Super Bowl due to the offense being shut down. Seattle didn’t put up crazy numbers through the air. It was Manning and his recievers who faltered. This team is trying to win Free Agency. Somehow like normal even with the loss of Talib I think the Pats will be right there in the playoffs in January and we will see if Denver has the depth to compete in the playoffs after mortgaging the house in free agency.

  39. ravensterps says: Mar 12, 2014 10:53 AM

    Seriously though, I would take a “hometown discount” to play in Denver or Seattle. You all know why.

  40. johninthewest says: Mar 12, 2014 10:59 AM

    Another Denver thread loaded with cry babies from NE.
    Can someone explain the ‘cheating’ the cap space?? Seriously, numbers can’t lie.

  41. oriolesvsravens says: Mar 12, 2014 11:10 AM

    Smith won’t be cheap to retain for the Ravens

  42. hess97 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:13 AM

    Are the Broncos printing money?

  43. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:13 AM

    They have the cap space because of all the guys that got released this year. And much of their team is on rookie contracts.

  44. ddarlak says: Mar 12, 2014 11:19 AM

    Everyone knows the players love their weed, Broncos probably meet with the FA’s at the local head shop…..

    In Buffalo we take them to our best restaurant, maybe throw some authentic wings at them…

    how can we compete??????????

  45. johnniemayes says: Mar 12, 2014 11:22 AM

    People, Elway is a master GM. That is how Denver has the money. He knows how to build a team and not have huge contracts that holds a team back. Guarantee you when Manning retires he will clear a ton of cap space and rebuild a young team with Osweiler at the helm.

  46. miamimike1 says: Mar 12, 2014 11:24 AM

    Denver had close to 29 miilion in cap space. Elway realizes he has Miller and Thomas to sign next year. Its actually funny how people comment like Denver has no idea whi is up in the next few years for a new contract. Do you think you team has a idea of who will be a free agent next year? I hope they now where they stand with contracts. Elway has said he will use free agency to fill in needs for immediate time and build team through the draft. He is doing what any good G.M should. Fill in holes with free agent players who can still make a impact or improve the team. Then use the draft to build for the future. Just love how some will comment like no one in Denver realizes what they have to spend and what contracts will have to be renewed next year. If it was your team and you had 29 million to use to improve your team I am betting you would be pissed off if they did nothing to help improve your team. Dont knock Denver for realizing they had issues that had to be fixed and then trying to fix them.

  47. bengalsbilly says: Mar 12, 2014 11:36 AM

    I would get Smith. It’s not like a 32 LB is going to get that much money for a 1-2 year deal. While not as sexy as a 10 sack guy, he does everything well. Good call by Ozzie last year, but I hope he is Bronco next year.

  48. kchrst says: Mar 12, 2014 11:51 AM

    I would also expect the Broncos to get rid of Dressen or Tammy, they both have $2.5 mil. cap hits and can be cut without any impact. Way too much to pay for two players that hardly saw the field in 2013.

  49. pantherpro says: Mar 12, 2014 11:59 AM

    Beast. Come home to Carolina if you want a trophy

  50. smalltownqb says: Mar 12, 2014 12:02 PM

    So this means another year for NYG relying on safety help to make up for a poor MLB core?

  51. n0hopeleft says: Mar 12, 2014 12:16 PM

    elwaysagenius says:
    Mar 12, 2014 10:06 AM
    wfederal says: Mar 12, 2014 9:18 AM

    Really dude? Don’t act like you know what you are talking about when referring to Kuechley when you clearly never watched them play. He’s a beast. Didn’t get DPOY for nothing!

    _____________________________________

    Won DPOY because he’s a white LB with a top 10 pedigree. He’s good, but he might not even the best LB on his team.
    __________________________________

    You’re probably the same guy who claims racism still exists today, how big of a problem it is, etc…

    You threw that comment out there irresponsibly in a forum where ALL of us are brought together by competition, regardless of race or creed.

  52. southpaw2k says: Mar 12, 2014 12:25 PM

    elwaysagenius says:
    Mar 12, 2014 10:06 AM
    wfederal says: Mar 12, 2014 9:18 AM

    [Kuechly] Won DPOY because he’s a white LB with a top 10 pedigree. He’s good, but he might not even the best LB on his team.

    —————————————–

    Yup, I’m sure that Kuechly and his 96 tackles, 70 assists, 4 INTs, and 2 sacks had absolutely nothing to do with why Carolina’s defense was the #2 defense in the league last year.

  53. trubroncfan07 says: Mar 12, 2014 12:33 PM

    The haters are mad! Go Broncos!

  54. southpaw2k says: Mar 12, 2014 12:33 PM

    If Kuechly isn’t the best LB on the Panthers, then I’d really love to find out just who elwaysagenius thinks is the best on that team.

  55. milehighd23 says: Mar 12, 2014 2:16 PM

    I’d be mad too if your sorry ass teams are scared to spend money! #Broncos

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